The fire: terrifying; the response: inspiring |

The fire: terrifying; the response: inspiring

The list of people affected by the Angora fire continues to grow, but it is reassuring that the list of people and organizations stepping up to help is growing as quickly.

The people who are affected are our employees, friends, relatives and neighbors.

The true heroes in all this are the hundreds of firefighters who are putting their lives on the line and going for days without sleep.

Of equal stature are those who are collecting donations and those who are donating money and items needed by those who have been evacuated.

This fire has reiterated something else unmistakably important – residents throughout the Sierra are vulnerable to the same fate of those who have been burned out of their South Tahoe homes. The odds of an inopportune lightning strike or carelessly tossed cigarette combined with strong winds pose an ever-constant threat.

It seems like just a matter of time before those things combine elsewhere in our region. Those flames could rapidly sweep through neighborhoods nearly anywhere, leaving people homeless.

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That would be a terrifying experience, but it is reassuring to know, based on the Angora fire, that help – in great quantities – would quickly follow.

– The Nevada Appeal contributed to this editorial.